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Graduating liberal-arts major gets job! Catholic University student wins "Young Artist" prize, gets acting gig

The legend and the "Young Artist": Stephen Sondheim congratulates Patrick Thomas Cragin at the Signature Theatre gala. (Photo by Russell Hirshon)

Awesome couple of days for Catholic University senior Patrick Thomas Cragin, who was all set to try his luck in New York theater after graduation next month. On Tuesday night, the musical theater major, 22, received Signature Theatre's first "Young Artist" prize -- part of the company's annual Stephen Sondheim Award and presented by the composer himself. Then Cragin got to rub elbows with Sondheim, honoree Angela Lansbury and other Broadway pros.

"It was incredible," he told us. "I was so nervous. He's such a genius."

Next day, he headed back to campus -- and got a call offering him the role of Kenickie in the national touring company of "Grease." Nice way to jump-start a career.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 14, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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